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SME and IMTS Unveil Plans for IMTS 2010 Emerging Technology Center

January 29, 2010

MCLEAN, VA - Showcasing the most innovative technological developments for the manufacturing industry, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2010 will present the Emerging Technology Center (ETC) in partnership with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

The ETC made its debut at IMTS 2004 and is the place where the manufacturing community gathers to view the future of manufacturing technology. The theme for the 2010 ETC is “Knowledge-Based” - applying knowledge-based management across the full spectrum including technology, manufacturing, people and business. Past innovations featured in the ETC include nanotechnology, now commonly used throughout the industry, as well as the 2008 debut of MTConnect, a series of open standards that address manufacturing systems interoperability on the shop floor.

“We are very excited to have SME on board as a partner,” said Peter Eelman, Vice President-Exhibitions & Communications for IMTS. “SME is well-known as a primary resource for independent education and dissemination of technology. We look forward to again opening the window on future technology developments that will interest all of our visitors.”

Throughout IMTS 2010, the Emerging Technology Center will be located in the North Building lobby of McCormick Place.

IMTS, the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world, and IMTS 2010 will run September 13 to 18. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 92,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 106 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

Founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders' Association, AMT supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues. It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members' products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world.

Founded in 1932, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is a source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, oil and gas and alternative energy. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

For more information, visit www.imts.com.